The Tennessee Titans have added another former Atlanta Falcons tight end to their roster, agreeing to terms with Dwayne Blakley on a one-year deal.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Blakley is familiar to the Titans, as he was a member of their practice squad in 2003, an NFL allocation in the spring of 2004 and had a strong camp with the team that summer. However, he was released in final cuts as the Titans had three players ahead of him on the roster at the position at the time.
“Dwayne is very excited to be coming to Tennessee,” agent Gary Glick said of the four-year veteran.
Blakley, 28, caught seven passes for the Falcons in 2007 and has 21 receptions in his NFL career. He joins his former teammate Alge Crumpler, who signed with the team earlier this month after being released by Atlanta.
The Titans had been in the market for two tight ends after losing both Ben Troupe and Ben Hartsock in unrestricted free agency.
“Dwayne is a veteran guy who gives us a big body and extensive playing experience for that position group,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said.
One appealing quality that both Crumpler and Blakley are a part of is their familiarity of playing with a mobile quarterback, from their days with Michael Vick, and the Falcons’ strong rushing attack that was present during that time both from the quarterback and running back positions.
NICKEY UPDATE: Titans free agent strong safety Donnie Nickey completed his visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and could have a visit with the Buffalo Bills lined up soon.
The Titans also remain in the running for him to return as he did last season.
One key for Nickey and other role players is to try and secure a job somewhere on a roster before the draft. Roster spots are often more difficult to come by for veteran backups and role players after the April draft, because teams often move to fill those needs with younger, cheaper players.
Nickey’s agent Jeffrey Chilcoat said the most important thing for him is to find a place where Nickey will feel most comfortable with his role.
“The thing I want to do is to give Donnie piece of mind and do the right thing as far as finding the right fit for him, whether that happens today, a week from now or a month from now,” Chilcoat said.
Nickey, a fifth-round pick from Ohio State in 2002, has spent his entire six-year career with the Titans as a backup and special teams standout.
THOMAS RETURNS TO INDY: Defensive end Josh Thomas re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts on a one-year deal.
“Tennessee was in the mix, but when Indianapolis offered a deal, he decided to go back there. It’s a one-year deal with some nice terms,” agent Alan Herman said.
With Thomas now off the market as well, the Titans are negotiating with Kalimba Edwards, who is also a client of Herman’s firm.
Edwards was released last week by the Detroit Lions and visited the Titans on Monday.
LOPER SIGNS: Restricted free agent offensive lineman Daniel Loper has signed the one-year tender of $927,000 the Titans gave to him at the start of free